Living and working in Germany – Intercultural training for international PhD students and researchers


To successfully tackle the challenges of multicultural academic and professional life, PhD students and researchers have to be able to manage intercultural situations and emerging conflicts effectively. Developing the capacity to mediate differing cultural perspectives is a key determinant of intercultural competence.

Designed as an interactive workshop, the training will provide international PhD students and researchers of the University of Rostock with essential cross-cultural skills for building relationships and working effectively in a multicultural environment. Using hands-on exercises and simulation role-plays, participants will gain an understanding of values and attitudes in German academic life, identify and analyse their personal approaches to different intercultural challenges and increase their intercultural awareness and competence. The participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own culture, discuss personal experiences, ask questions and exchange their views with the other participants.


Culture and cultural differences with a focus on academic life
Developing intercultural awareness and intercultural competence
Adapting to a new culture
Stereotypes and prejudice
Values and attitudes in German academic life
Communication styles and language issues
Cross-cultural management skills
Good practice for cross-cultural situations at university

Date: Friday, January 31, 2020, 09:00 am – 05:00 pm
Where: Parkstraße 6, 18057, Rostock, Global Café (Room 220)
Intercultural trainer: Katja Striegler, IQ Netzwerk Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Language: English
Participants: 10-16 PhD students and researchers
Participation fee: free of charge

Sign In for the training until January 20th 2020 via Dr. Uta Buttkewitz (, Coordination Office for Diversity in cooperation with Welcome Center of the University of Rostock

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